It does not come as much of a surprise, though, since term limits will force him out of office in 2009. Liu is smart, popular and has served his district well, particularly the Asian community. Apparently he sees grass-roots support beyond his district.But his constituents, particularly new immigrants, may miss his continued service. Of course, in a higher position, Liu could better serve the city's Asian community as a whole.Rumors are rife. One Chinese-language newspaper in the city says that Liu is toying with the idea of running for a citywide position, possibly comptroller or a post of that nature. Later I called his local office to confirm that report. It's sheer speculation, however. Liu told me over the phone that he would run for a yet-unspecified position but declined to elaborate on it.Liu also said he has already kicked off a fund-raising drive. Four years from now, with a big coffer and political maturity, he will be a tough candidate to beat in campaigns for a citywide or statewide position or beyond. Barring serious blunders, he will definitely achieve his cherished goal. I wish him the best of luck!Liu is the first Chinese-American ever elected to the City Council in New York City history. He has distinguished himself for his services to the city in general and to the 20th District in particular.He is perhaps a rising star in the political spotlight among Asians across the nation. You never know, someday he may find a seat in the state Legislature or emerge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.Asians account for 10 percent of the city's population of 8 million and about 4.4 percent of the nation's population of 297,883,000, according to the latest figures. Yet, there is no Asian representative in either the state Senate or in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jimmy Meng (D-Flushing) is also the first Chinese-American elected (in November 2004) to the state Assembly. Politically, Liu and Meng are the trailblazers of the Asian community in the state of New York.I am sure there are a lot of young and well-educated Asians eager to follow in their footsteps. I am equally sure that after Liu has made his political career wish known to the public, many young Asians are waiting in the wings to take over his council seat.In the past four years, this young councilman has made a lot of visible contributions to Flushing, such as better garbage cans and cleaner streets, as well as the formation of the business improvement district, which apparently has played a big role in improving its image and environmen
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